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Seahawks re-sign Tobeck, Bannister to new deals

From wire reports

While most of the high-profile free agents have been snatched up over the past four weeks, the Seattle Seahawks found a way to nab a former Pro Bowler and a starting center by re-signing two of their own Wednesday.

Veteran offensive lineman Robbie Tobeck, a former Washington State University player, and special teams ace Alex Bannister were signed to multiyear deals after seeing minimal interest on the free-agent market.

The Seahawks are still talking to free agents from other teams, including backup quarterback Shaun King. Seattle has also been mentioned in trade talks with the Baltimore Ravens involving linebacker Jamie Sharper.

Doctor defends way he prescribes steroids

A South Carolina doctor accused of writing steroid prescriptions for three players on the Carolina Panthers says he prescribes the drugs only when medically necessary.

Dr. James Shortt, an alternative practitioner under investigation by federal and state officials, said in The Charlotte Observer that he prescribes steroids only in low doses and monitors patients to ensure their steroid levels are within “their upper limit of normal.”

“People come to me often because they’re worn down, they’re exhausted, or something has happened to them and they haven’t recovered fully,” Shortt said.

NFL seeks upgraded steroid standards

The NFL is seeking to upgrade its steroid testing program to bring it back in line with Olympic standards.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said that the move, which would require approval by the NFL Players Association, is not related to a CBS News report involving Carolina players and steroids.

We have always adhered to the standard set by the International Olympic Committee,” Aiello said. “Since the IOC has made its standards tougher, this was done to stay in line with it.”

Around the league

Former Eastern Washington University running back Jesse Chatman re-signed with the San Diego Chargers, agreeing to a one-year deal. … Denver finalized its trade with Cleveland, sending running back Reuben Droughns to the Browns for defensive linemen Ebenezer Ekuban and Michael Myers. … The Jacksonville Jaguars signed veteran free-agent defensive end Marcellus Wiley to a one-year contract. … The St. Louis Rams announced they’ve signed defensive end Jay Williams to a three-year, $2.65 million contract. … Ray Brown, at 42 the oldest offensive lineman in modern NFL history, re-signed with the Washington Redskins and will return for a 20th NFL season. … Arizona quarterback Josh McCown signed a $1.4 million tender offer with the Cardinals, who inked free agent Kurt Warner earlier this month.

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